from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Zoology A hard bony or chitinous outer covering, such as the fused dorsal plates of a turtle or the portion of the exoskeleton covering the head and thorax of a crustacean.
- n. A protective, shell-like covering likened to that of a turtle or crustacean: "He used to worry that Sarah would age the same way, develop the same brittle carapace” ( Anne Tyler).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hard protective covering of bone or chitin.
- n. in figurative use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The thick shell or shield which covers the back of the tortoise, or turtle, the crab, and other crustaceous animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The shell of a turtle or tortoise; specifically, the upper shell, the under shell being called the plastron.
- n. In Mammalia, the shell of an armadillo.
- n. In Cirripedia, the multivalvular shell, test, or case.
- n. In higher Crustacea, the shield covering the cephalothorax, sometimes separable into a cephalostegite and an omostegite. See cut under Apus.
- n. One of the many hard cases, tests, or shells which are likened to a carapace, as those of certain infusorians; a lorica.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
That's when that one claw grows really big and the main carapace grows into a very bulbous shape.
They get to about 50 cm in carapace length and have three low keels running the length of the carapace.
Soft-shell turtles actually do have a shell, called a carapace, that is not as hard as those on other turtles.
If the carapace is shorter than the gauge, the lobster must immediately be released back to the water.
The arachnid’s carapace is too tough, however, and his weapon glances off uselessly.
He was a blue lobster, and his carapace was the color of a beautiful deep midnight frost.
But it almost completely lacked the dorsal portion of the shell, known as the carapace.
The carapace is the body as measured from the eye socket to where the tail starts.
The plastron (lower shell) is lifted off, and in the carapace is a rich, thick soup.
That's the length of the carapace, which is the body.